About Us

Let’s get

It’s a simple concept, really, and one that your mom was right about all along: go out and play, make friends, and step away from all those screens.

We want you to rediscover your joie de vivre, which won’t come from scrolling your feed or binging another rerun. This is where we come in: your local concierge, serving up the inspiration and motivation to help you fall in love with where you live, one month at a time.

Because life’s too short to be stuck on the couch.


Our Story

Offline was born in the basement of Durham’s American Tobacco Campus in 2012. Fresh off of graduating top of his class in chemical engineering, Founder and CEO David Shaner had turned down a lucrative job offer to slum it in the startup world and pursue his passion: a company that used tech for “good” and measured success when it created moments that brought people together in the physical world.

Over the next few years, our team rallied around the core belief that creating such a product was both possible and very much needed in our modern world. But startups are never easy. It took six years, tens of thousands of hours, four different iterations of the business model, and a whole lot of caffeine to create the Offline you know today: a subscription service that actually gets people out into the real world, experiencing something new in their cities every single month.

Today, we’re proud to have a business that makes money by fulfilling its core mission. Our revenue comes 100% from our subscribers, nothing is #sponsored, and we’re able to help local businesses grow without charging them a dime. The result? A product with mutually assured success for all: our members, our partners, and in turn, our city. The very definition of a win-win-win.

Our Community

We create thousands of IRL moments between members and partners that help communities thrive.

Every month, we play matchmaker between thousands of members and a choice network of incredible local businesses, creating a positive feedback loop of exploration, local love, and economic growth. But talk is cheap—we’ll let the data take it from here.

3,700+ members and 180+ partners

$830k reinvested in the local economy

33k+ IRL experiences

At the end of the day, everything comes down to community, and ours is held together by our Code of Conduct, a community contract that keeps the good vibes flowing during the thousands of monthly interactions between our members, our partner businesses, and our team. Everyone opts-in and commits to keeping the Offline fam healthy, happy, and harmonious.

Our Team

We’re a renegade team of entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, and business consultants—all brought together by a shared passion for GIFs and a common goal: to harness the power of technology and turn it into a tool that helps people rediscover and reconnect with the world around them. In short, we’ll opt for dine-in over delivery, every time.

David Shaner
Founder + CEO

Chemical engineer turned tech entrepreneur, David has put in his 10,000 hours (and then some!) since founding Offline in 2014. His mission has always been to utilize technology as a means of making communities more connected. Over the first five years, David turned Offline into the fastest growing media company for area millennials reaching over a million people every month; Offline helped generate over nine million dollars in local spending by inspiring people to ditch their screens and venture out to have real-life experiences. In 2019, he spearheaded Offline’s transition to our current subscription service, where he continues his commitment to building something that can benefit and transform local communities. The rest is history (in the making, at least). 

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Taylor Smith
Chief Operating Officer

Offline’s COO, Taylor, keeps all the Offline trains on track, running smoothly, and on-time (Basecamp is his bae). With a focus on product, strategy, and growth planning, Taylor’s been a driving force at Offline since the early days. As a retired gambler forced to hang up his hat after winning a cool $165 from a Vegas blackjack table, Taylor spends free time shredding on the guitar and trying to impress his much cooler, four-year-old daughter.

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Avivah Furman
Director of Brand, Creative + Marketing

As Head of Brand + Marketing, Avivah oversees Offline’s creative direction, strategic communication, and growth initiatives. An OG Offline teammate, Avivah has helped launch the product, spearheaded the brand, and created ‘the Offline voice’ (which, truth be told, is basically just how she talks). She’d also now appreciate if we could stop talking biz and start talking about what really matters: which sushi spot should we hit tonight and can she please pet your dog? She only has two back home.

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Page West
Lead Developer

As Lead Developer since day one, Page makes sure to water the servers each week, add food to the code, and tidy up to stop any bugs from getting in. He’s a converted cat-lover thanks to his wife and Frankie, their newly rescued, tail-free, three-legged cat, a huge fan of lounge music, and is always up for a challenge. Case in point? He made a new year’s resolution to eat pizza once a week for a year and completed it.

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Ivana Susic
Support Specialist

Say Hello, Bonjour, Hola, Zdravo, to our Support Specialist, Ivana. As our resident fixer Ivana cleans up messes and makes sure our members stay happy. When she’s not chatting with members or speaking four different languages (you guess which ones), she’s hitting up the gym, baking to the sound of Motown, and is probably somewhere sipping on Mezcal.

AnnaLaura Erickson
Community Manager

Catherine Ashworth
Partnership Development